Breaking Ground with the Alderwood

Last year a good friend of mine participated in The Breaking Ground Tour, a blog tour specifically featuring some smaller, less know, indy pattern companies. I loved the idea so much that this year when I saw the call for bloggers I hurried to apply. I was so excited to be added to the group but with so many amazing pattern companies out there who would I choose??

I saw that Phat Quarters patterns would be sponsoring and knew right away that I wanted to feature the Alderwood top. I have been eyeing it ever since it was released and never has there been a better time to try it!

When you have a million kids you can never sew for just one. I always find myself sewing in sets split uo by the size range they fit into, a set for the three big kids that fit into womens clothes these days, or a set for the three little kids who are still in children’s sizes.

The oldest on the pack of little’s is my son Nathaniel. He loves Starwars and most things nerdy so he got to pick the fabric for these shirts, he went with all Starwars themed stuff from Aurora Design Fabrics and was so excited to get it on. He loves it so much he asked me to sew him another one for school tomorrow!

Next up is Arya who was quite upset that we were doing Starwars and not Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings which are some of her favorites but was much happier about it when she saw these beautiful watercolor fabrics I picked for her top. She was really excited about the cowl neck it is a little different than any other patterns and she really liked the difference.

Last but definitely not least this handsome little hellion. He can’t tell me his favorite part of this shirt yet but I know he loves it and boy is he handsome in it 😍

I could not be happier with how everything of them came out! Each one comes from the same base but has a slight veriation on the side piece, shoulder or sleeve differences. I love the options on it and the fact that all of these were made using panels and scraps from other projects. I am always looking for great patterns that are good for scrap busting and this fits the bill.

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining with me to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ikTuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling WarriorsWednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern MomThursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by LauraFriday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!


We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

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